The Cleveland Browns signed Alabama running back Trent Richardson late Monday night to a four-year deal worth about $20.4 to $20.5 million, depending on which published report you want to rely upon.
Richardson was the third pick in this past spring’s draft.
Alabama’s three other first-round picks already have signed. Safety Mark Barron was taken with the seventh pick by Tampa Bay, and the Bucs signed him for four years and $14.5 million. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was the 17th pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, and he has a four-year, $8.6 million deal.
The New England Patriots took linebacker Dont’a Hightower with the 25th pick and have signed him to a four-year, $7.7 million contract.
If anyone thinks that’s too much money to pay someone to play football, consider this: Actress Kristen Stewart has a contract to receive $12.5 million for each of the “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” movies. That’s $12.5 million for Part 1 and $12.5 million more for Part 2, which is coming out soon.
Mark Ingram appears to be running and cutting just fine on the left knee he injured Aug. 30. Watch him, Trent Richardson and the rest of the Crimson Tide running backs at practice Wednesday afternoon.
For a few other scenes from practice, see this one.
And if you want a good laugh, read this opinion piece from the Toronto Globe and Mail that speaks out against the unsportsmanlike act of cheering too loudly during a football game.
Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and the rest of Alabama’s stocked cupboard of running backs run through drills on the first day of practice.
More to come
Stop with the conspiracy theories and conjecture. The rising sophomore running back just pulled a hamstring in Monday’s practice. No threat to his playing status for the season opener, so chill out.
Dre Kirkpatrick was back at practice today after being excused from Monday’s work out due to a death in the family.
Read all the rest tomorrow in print.
It is a gorgeous spring afternoon in Tuscaloosa and the Crimson Tide football players are back to practicing outside after staying indoors Monday.
The one notable player missing from drills during the media viewing period was Trent Richardson. He was practicing with the running backs Monday in a white jersey, but he was in the familiar black shirt designated for non contact players Wednesday. He was riding a stationary bike while we were allowed to watch.
Just stepping out on a limb here, but it didn’t appear too serious. Hopefully Nick Saban will have an update later at his news conference.
Now, some video of the defensive line hitting the sled.
Check back later for footage of the quarterbacks, defensive backs and linebackers.
In order, see Mark Ingram (22) Trent Richardson (3), Demetrius Goode (6), Jeramie Griffin (34) and Eddie Lacy (42)
A few line-up notes to keep in mind:
- Colin Peek is listed as the No. 1 tight end and he is dressed in his No. 84 jersey for warm-ups. Remember, his knee sprain was suffered in the same run-through two weeks ago against Tennessee.
- Running back/kickoff returner Terry Grant was not listed on the depth chart provided before the game. Mike McCoy OR Trent Richardson were the only others listed with Javier Arenas as kickoff returners. We’ll see who gets the nod soon enough.
- The place is starting to pack in now that kickoff is 20 minutes out.
It’s been an interesting morning/afternoon at the football complex for the weekly news conference and player interviews. Of course Dont’a Hightower’s injury was the hottest topic, but another linebacker made news. He tops today’s rundown.
- Jerrell Harris will be eligible to return for the South Carolina game Oct. 17 after serving what turns out to be a six-game suspension. Coach Nick Saban said the university got word from the NCAA on Friday evening concerning the eligibility of the backup linebacker who broke an unspecified NCAA rule. Read more about that Tuesday.
- Trent Richardson was named SEC freshman of the week for the second time this season on the strength of his 52-yard touchdown run against Arkansas.
- The game time and television has yet to be determined for the Oct. 10 game at Ole Miss. Those decisions are typically announced two Mondays in advance, but the networks exercised their option to delay this call. Florida plays LSU the same day.
- There was considerable discussion about the hit Hightower took on the play that injured his left knee. His fellow defenders stopped short of calling it a dirty hit, but nobody on that unit is a fan of the kind of cut block used on the play. Again, read more about that topic in Tuesday’s newspaper.
- If you read Monday’s Decatur Daily Inside Alabama notebook column, you’ll remember the recruiting story from 2006 referenced several times. To read the entire thing, click here.
Now, a few more notes for your Monday afternoon.
- CBS will cover Alabama’s SEC opener with Arkansas on Sept. 26. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.
- The Southeastern Conference named Tide running back Trent Richardson its freshman of the week after the Florida native rolled up 118 yards against Florida International on Saturday. He was the only Alabama player to be honored in the weekly awards announced Monday morning.
- Tide defensive end/linebacker Damion Square will miss the rest of the season with an ACL tear, coach Nick Saban confirmed Monday. He will have surgery Tuesday.
- Julio Jones is day-to-day with a bruised knee. I saw him coming into the football complex Monday afternoon and the star receiver was walking with a bit of a limp.
- Roy Upchurch’s high-ankle sprain will take him out of action for an unknown period of time. Saban said it could be days or weeks before he’s back to full strength. Read more about ankle sprains here.
While not expected, Alabama’s use of the wildcat offense can’t be too shocking, in retrospect. There was at least one clue.
Do you remember this blog post?
Sure, Trent Richardson didn’t play in that role Saturday night, but it was a first indication that the pro-style offense wasn’t the only strategy considered for the 2009 Alabama offense.
This is what Mark Ingram said about the formation after the game:
“We tried it out in the summer and we weren’t even sure if we were going to use it. We found that it could be successful so we put it in.”
Nothing major came out of this evening’s news conference with Alabama coach Nick Saban. The team practiced this afternoon for the first time since Saturday afternoon’s scrimmage and Saban seemed pleased with continued progress.
And now, a few more highlights:
- Everyone practiced today in spite of any nagging injuries. Running back Trent Richardson wore a black non-contact jersey and did not take hits after spraining a shoulder Saturday. Saban said Roy Upchurch also practiced
- The coach chose not to comment on the Julio Jones/Mark Ingram boat trip situation other than saying he thought the university was handling the situation “with integrity.”
- Preparations for the Sept. 5 opener will officially begin Thursday when Virginia Tech game plan will begin installation.
- The defensive line was practicing well, Saban said. Freshman Kerry Murphy, whose brother was recently murdered near Birmingham, is progressing well in spite of missing practice time following the tragic shooting.
Read more in Wednesday’s paper.
For this, the 200th post in the short history of the Bama Blog, I give you a curious sentence that appeared at the bottom of a football story from the far off land of Louisiana.
It is especially curious because of the offensive strategy used by Alabama coach Nick Saban. The following came at the end of the story in the Daily Advertiser of Lafayette. The story is about Louisiana-Lafayette football, but it will certainly cause eyebrows to raise in Alabama. And now, the sentence in question:
“Defensive end Terrell Richardson said his younger brother, Alabama freshman running back Trent Richardson, is working at quarterback in the Crimson Tide’s Wildcat formation.”
Wildcat formation at Alabama? That’s a big departure from the pro-style offense.
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Don’t forget to check out the videos from the previous post here. But they won’t tell you much since we weren’t allowed to watch the actual scrimmage. Here are a few nuggets from the stat sheet and Nick Saban’s short news conference afterwards.
- Contrary to rumors, Trent Richardson was not seriously injured, Saban said. The freshman running back did sprain a shoulder but the coach wasn’t overly concerned with the impact of the injury.
- Also, Julio Jones twisted his already bum ankle after catching three passes for 84 yards.
- Mark Ingram had a bigger day catching the ball than running it. The running back caught four passes for 91 yards and rushed eight times for 19 yards.
- Quarterback Greg McElroy completed 23 of 44 for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
- Decatur’s Rolando McClain had seven tackles, a forced fumble, a pass break-up and an interception he returned 20 yards for a touchdown.
If you want more, read Sunday’s paper.
TUSCALOOSA — Alabama has lost reserve running back Jeramie Griffin for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The sophomore from Batesville, Miss., suffered his injury Tuesday evening when the team practiced indoors because of weather.
Coach Nick Saban said it was a non-contact injury and that the new turf did not contribute to the situation.
After redshirting in 2007, Griffin ran six times for 29 yards last season and caught one pass for nine yards. His name had not been among those mentioned as potential starters in a crowded backfield that includes Mark Ingram, Roy Upchurch and Trent Richardson.
- In other injury news, Saban said linebackers coach Sal Sunseri was on crutches at Thursday’s morning practice because of cartilage damage in his knee. A golf cart was offered, but the former Carolina Panther assistant decided to tough it out and coach from his crutches.
- Defensive back and kick return specialist Javier Arenas is not working out with the offense, but Saban said he would do an excellent job if he would. But that doesn’t seem to be in the cards so the point is moot.
- Saban also said he feels pretty good about the tight end situation. Read more about that in the paper.
I’m coming to you live from the grill at Burningtree Country Club where I’m covering the Spirit of America golf tournament. That hasn’t stopped me from finding a few links for you to enjoy on this eve of the long holiday weekend. If you have any of your own, feel free to post them in the comment section below.
- ESPN.com’s Pat Forde takes a look at the hottest college football rivalries and Alabama landed on the list. That’s no surprise, but the Tide rival he listed was. (I’ll give you a hint, it isn’t Auburn but the mascot is a Tiger).
- Also on the topic of rivalries not involving Auburn, ESPN’s Chris Low and Ivan Maisel list another trendy pick. Watch their video by clicking here.
- Jon Soloman of the Birmingham News wrote this story for the Athlon Sports college football preview magazine. Quality work per usual for Soloman. Teaser alert: Keep an eye open in the following weeks as I plan to break down the major preseason football guides.
- Also from Athlon, read this breakdown of the nation’s top running backs. Skip to the SEC heading to see what they said about blue-chip freshman Trent Richardson.
- This isn’t a new story, but I just found it. The Miami Herald wrote this piece about its native and new Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant.